October 4 2017

International Memorial will be visited Burlington


An international memorial that remembers those who suffered AIDS is a coming to Burlington.


A section of The AIDS Memorial Quilt,  a 54 ½ -ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 96,000 individuals lost to AIDS, can be viewed on Saturday, November 4th at the Grandview Farms, 55 Center St. Burlington.   


This free display of the quilt is being presented as part of a Wine Tasting Event hosted by the Rotary Club of Burlington.  Visitors may attend the free display on that Saturday from Noon – 7 p.m. and the wine tasting will be held from 5-7 p.m.  


Tickets for the wine tasting are $25 each and can be purchased from members of the Rotary Club of Burlington or at the following Burlington businesses; Burlington Florist, Northern Bank & Trust, Rockland Trust Bank and RE/MAX Realty Experts.   


Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation – the international caretaker of the quilt works to preserve, care for and use The AIDS Memorial Quilt to foster healing, advance social justice and inspire action,“The Quilt began in San Francisco 30 years ago with a single 3 x 6 foot panel and today this epic tapestry of hope and love includes more than 49,000 panels” a release states, “These panels have come from every state in the nation and have been created by friends, lovers and family members in an attempt to transform loss and heartbreak into hope and healing”


“In a war against a disease that has no cure, The AIDS Memorial Quilt has evolved as our most potent tool in the effort to educate against the lethal threat of AIDS, the release continues “By revealing the humanity behind the statistics, The Quilt helps teach compassion, triumphs over taboo, stigma and phobia; and inspires individuals to take direct responsibility for their own well being and that of their family, friends and community".


Julie Rhoad, Executive Director of The NAMES Project Foundation said she is happy for the opportunity to bring a section of the guilt to Burlington,

“We are eager to share The AIDS Memorial Quilt with your community for it is unlike any memorial ever created, she said “With teddy bears and Boy Scout badges, love letters and photographs, this American treasure was created by the people for real people who were loved and lost to AIDS. We thank The Rotary Club of Burlington for their visionary efforts in hosting this event and invite you to see what wonderful healing art we have created together as a nation.”


Sections are continuously on display across the country in schools, places of worship, community centers, businesses, corporations and a variety of other institutional settings all in the hope of making the realities of HIV and AIDS real, human and immediate.


To date, more than 18 million people have seen The AIDS Memorial Quilt at tens of thousands of display throughout the world.


For more info about this event please call Susan Stewart at Burlington Florist, 781-229-6060 and check out The NAMES Project and The AIDS Memorial Quilt, at aidsquilt.org





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